My uncle, Marty, was recently cleaning out his garage and he unearthed his 1980 Raleigh Super Grand Prix touring bicycle. I have not snapped any pictures but it looked pretty much like this one:
Uncle Marty said it was mine if I wanted and so it is now my very own. The bike is in amazing condition — the original tubes still hold air! The tires had deteriorated and the grease in all the bearings was dry but as the bike has been in storage for the last 30+ years it is rust-free! I repacked the bearings in the bottom bracket, the wheel hubs, the headset, and in each pedal. A set of Schwalbe Marathons and a fresh wrapping of Cutter Artist’s Tape, a Mirabell and the bike was ready to go.
I took it out for a 25 mile ride the last two Saturday and it felt great. It already had a rear-view mirror and on the Chicago Lakefront Path, it has been a great help. The slow zones are not exactly respected by a lot of folks who think they are racing the Giro d’italia and making a careful pass of the lakefront pedestrians.
I look forward to many a weekend pedaling about and racking up the miles on this frame.